Saturday, July 4, 2009

Review: Public Enemies

Grade: B+

It's the fourth year of the great depression and there is a crime wave sweeping across the country and public enemy number one is John Dillinger. J. Edgar Hoover is setting up the Federal Bureau of Investigation in order to catch many criminals who will rob a bank than run out of the state so the state's jurisdiction can no longer pursue them. Hoover assigns his top agent, Melvin Purvis, to track down John Dillinger who keeps robbing banks and breaking people out of prison. John Dillinger and his crew are extremely smart though and keep slipping past the police and the FBI. Also, John Dillinger meets a woman by the name of Billie Freshette and he promises to always be with her and they end up falling in love.

Michael Mann (Miami Vice, Collateral) returns with this movie based on a true story of some of the most famous bank robbers in history and he does a fantastic job directing. Everything in the movie looks beautiful and authentic. From the cars to the theaters to the farms that's crops are dying and the soil is turning to dust, it all looks beautiful and amazing. The costumes are done to perfection and the scenery is great. Everything about this movie was shot so well.

Public Enemies is filled with amazing actors. Johnny Depp (Finding Neverland, Secret Window) plays the main character John Dillinger. Depp does a fantastic job as he always does. I'm not sure if this is the movie to do it but the man deserves and Oscar. Depp portrays Dillinger, the bank robber who tells the customers to put their own money away, very well and his scenes with Marion Cotillard are great. Christian Bale (The Dark Knight, The Prestige) plays FBI agent Melvin Purvis. Bale does a pretty great job with this role and really showed Purvis' obsession with catching Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson. Marion Cotillard (La Vie En Rose, Big Fish) plays Billie Freshette and did a wonderful job. Cotillard is a great actress and does a good job portraying Freshette who was a lower class citizen who Dillinger swoons and falls in love with. Stephen Dorff (World Trade Center, Blade) did a great job playing Dillinger's right hand man Homer Van Meter. Billy Crudup (Watchmen, Almost Famous) was fantastic as J. Edgar Hoover. It wasn't the biggest role in the movie but he really played the role very well. Also in the movie you'll see Channing Tatum as Pretty Boy Floyd, Rory Cochrane and Giovanni Ribisi.

Public Enemies is a great movie that's worth watching. The direction is amazing, the scenery is beautiful and the acting is top notch. My only real complaint about the movie is that it could have been trimmed up a little bit. There were a couple scenes that just seemed to drag out a little longer than they should have, mainly one of the last scenes that I'm not going to talk about as to not risk giving anything away. There are some great and kind of funny scenes in the movie as well, one of my personal favorites being when John Dillinger walks into the Chicago Police department then walks into the office that is set up specifically to find Dillinger and then he asks the men in the office what the score of the baseball game that they are listening to is, all the while standing right next to all the photos of himself. I think that most people will enjoy this movie and it is well worth going to see.

Great Quote: "I believe you killed me, you can go to hell."

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